Flooded Queens owners want buyout, appraisal study finds racial gap, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
September 22, 2021 - 10:30AM

A group of Queens homeowners flooded by Hurricane Ida say the city ignored flooding complaints for decades—and should buy them out (Gothamist)

Houses in mostly Black and Latino areas across the U.S. were valued lower than those in white ones according to a Freddie Mac study of 12 million appraisals (The Real Deal) 

Looking for a unique side chair? Here are some architect-approved options for under $500 (Curbed)

An affordable apartment lottery launches for 267 apartments in Forest Hills (Patch)

A $7 million listing for an 18th-century townhouse in Hoboken may set a new record (The Real Deal)

Here are the best houseplants to get you through winter according to the experts (The New York Times)


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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